As vocal advocates for stopping bullying, we often find people doubting the seriousness of cyber bullying. We have gathered some Cyber Bullying Statistics together to share with you today. Not only will these numbers bring the graveness of this problem to light, we hope they will convince you to step out and fight with us against this crime that often ruins victims lives.
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CYBER BULLYING STATISTICS
First let’s make clear what cyber bullying is. Cyber Bullying is the act of bullying someone via the internet, social media or chat rooms. This is most often done anonymously in chat rooms, forums, social media and other online communities. It can however be done by in real life friends or acquaintances as they seem to find courage behind the computer screen. The following statistics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what our children experience in the form of cyber bullying.
A Few Startling Cyber Bullying Statistics:
- Over 50% of adolescents have been bullied online.
- Only 1 in 10 adolescents tells a parent when they have been bullied online.
- 1 in 10 adolescents has embarrassing images taken of them without their permission by a peer.
- Girls are more likely to be involved in cyber bullying than boys.
- Sexually explicit texts, instant messaging and posting on social media are commonly used to humiliate and degrade victims.
- Over 80% of teens have access to a smart phone or tablet which allows cyber bullying to be done in secret, without parents knowledge.
- 95% of teens using social media have witnessed cyber bullying. 50% of those teens have ignored the bullying instead of intervening.
- 1 million children were harassed, bullied or attacked via Facebook last year.
What can we do?
- Create a level of good open communication with your children so they feel safe coming to you.
- Set parameters on social media use in your home.
- Follow suggested guidelines for ages to be on social media. That means don’t create an account for your child before the “allowable” age listed.
- Hold children accountable for their actions online.
- Offer solid emotional support for your children. Build their self esteem and help them to know their worth is not in what others say.
- Follow through and stay in constant communication with your kids about their online practices.
As a parent your child and their safety are the most important things you think of. Sadly, other individuals can tear that safety away quickly and easily by reaching out online and bullying. These cyber bullying statistics are sobering to say the least. Not only do you want to protect your children, you are fearful that you are unable to do so with internet use being so necessary for so much of their life. Staying open and building a good relationship with your children in general will help you to experience a better change of keeping them safe online. Not only will they be free to come to you if bullying occurs, they will already know their worth and not believe the lies.
Do any of these cyber bullying statistics surprise you?